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 Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Saturday assured the public that the government will not declare martial law in the Visayas and Luzon. 

 Majority of the members of the Senate and the House of Representatives voted in favor of extending the declaration of martial law and the suspension of the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus in Mindanao.

Armed Forces of the Philippines chief Gen. Eduardo Año on Saturday assured the Congress that government troops who will violate human rights amid the martial law in Mindanao will be punished.

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The House of Representatives and the Senate appear to be on a collision course regarding the length of the period that the imposition of martial law in Mindanao should be extended.

Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar is the richest member of President Duterte’s Cabinet, based on the 2016 Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) submitted by the officials to the Malacañang Records Office.

Malacañang is seeking fairness from a US congressional human rights body that is set to investigate allegations of drug-related extrajudicial killings in the Philippines.

The Philippines is among the five countries with the most number of terror attacks last year, a US State Department report said.

Former president Benigno Aquino III described as “patently erroneous and bereft of any merit” the Office of the Ombudsman’s resolution ordering the filing of graft and usurpation of authority charges against him over the death of more than 60 people, including 44 members of the police Special Action Force (SAF), in the 2015 Mamasapano carnage.

After several aborted attempts, President Duterte yesterday finally set foot on battle-scarred Marawi City.

Transport network companies (TNCs) Grab and Uber yesterday filed motions for reconsideration on the July 11 order of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) on colorum operations.

Pursuing government troops yesterday shot dead one of the suspected New People’s Army (NPA) rebels who attacked a convoy of presidential guards in Arakan town.

The Court of Appeals (CA) has upheld the dismissal from government service of detained former governor Zaldy Ampatuan of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) over unexplained wealth.

The Supreme Court (SC) was asked yesterday to punish and cite Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos and her lawyers in contempt for urging the tribunal not to be bullied by congressmen.

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